Welcome to the official poster of the 2018 Ohioana Book Festival!
This wonderful and whimsical depiction of book-loving animals in a spring-green landscape is the work of artist Christina Wald. You can also find Christina on Twitter at @yellokat_cwald.
Christina very graciously accepted the challenge of creating a festival poster that that would both inspire and delight. And so she did, with a reading rabbit, a book-bearing giraffe, and a happy bird with a volume clutched in its claws. There’s even a unicorn!
However, unlike unicorns, the authors and artists who will attend this year’s book festival are hardly rare or mythological. You can walk right up to one and shake her hand at the upcoming festival if you want to!
You can also read more about our poster artist in the next issue of the Ohioana Quarterly, which will be published shortly before the festival, to learn about her creative process. Christina loaned us one of her preliminary sketches for the poster to illustrate the story. It’s always exciting to learn about an artist’s creative process and even to see the steps they take to get to the end!